Staircase Makeover

When I see this photo from the home listing before we bought it,
I feel like we may have been crazy buying this place!
Thankfully Tom & I had a good feeling about this little old home and saw the potential in it.

We saw beyond the unattractive finishes and recognized they were cosmetic,
and we were the perfect first time home buyers to take on this job!
We lived with the burgundy carpets and buttercream walls for only a few weeks,
then demolition began.


We’ve built a home we’re proud of (still a huge work in progress) and we’ve been enjoying this living room all summer long after Tom worked tirelessly to complete it.
It may not look like a huge amount of work, but we tore the room right back to the bones.
Re-insulated. New drywall. New ceiling. Added potlights. Added more switches and outlets.
All new trim, added crown moulding, added our shiplap wall.
The list goes on!
The thing that was the most tedious and time consuming was our staircase.
Originally it had a carpet runner.. that was excessively glued and stapled down.
The hours spent removing staples and sanding down that glue cannot be counted.


We knew we wanted a classic walnut stained tread with white risers.
We stripped the varnish off the original honey coloured stairs, and sanded them down to the grain.
Then began the tedious job of restaining, revarnishing, and painting.
We took out that closet at the top of the staircase as well
I’d like to find an antique dresser for that space for spare linens to be kept in.
I also plan to do a mini gallery wall going up the stairs
filled with our engagement and wedding photos,
because I’m a mushy soon-to-be newlywed.
This staircase was not much to look at pre-renovation,
and now I love the classic timeless look it adds to the living room.
Our paint colour was a custom match to our ikea cabinetry, but is very similar to AF-15 Steam.
The stain is Dark Walnut from Old Masters.
You can see some of my other favorite whites by clicking here.
Have a great Sunday!

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